World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1

Scottish Rugby are working in partnership with the World Rugby to provide first aid courses for club and school volunteers. 

“It is imperative that those involved in all levels of the game are educated in the correct medical procedures, and we now have people who will subsequently deliver the World Rugby first aid course in Scotland next season.”

“Player welfare is the number one priority of World Rugby, and we know that Scottish Rugby place the same importance on this area of the game – we look forward to hearing of the success of the programme in the future.”

Jock Peggie, World Rugby Training Manager

Who is it for? 

Coaches, teachers, parents, officials and interested others who may be asked to respond to an injured rugby player.

Course Aims

On successful completion of the course, a pitch side responder will be able to:

  • Plan and risk assess for potential emergency situations at sports grounds.
  • Appreciate safety hazards for a first aider.
  • Protect the neck and perform an assessment of airway, breathing and circulation.
  • Recognise the difficulties in telling major and minor injury apart in the early stages – particularly head injuries
  • Recognise cardiac arrest and perform effective basic life support and safe defibrillation.
  • Initially manage a potentially spinally injured player safely in an emergency situation.
  • Understand the role of the first aider in the chain of survival.
  • Manage common limb injuries including sprains, strains and fractures.
  • Activate appropriate help  


Candidates are required to be 16 years of age or over before they can be registered for qualification. They must also provide evidence of having completed the following:-

Completion of:

  1. First Aid in Rugby: World Rugby Educational Resource - complete the module online at:

  2. Concussion Management - complete the module online at:

  3. World Rugby RugbyReady self-check test – do the test online at

Course Outline

This course is delivered by World Rugby Medical Educators*, and will last approximately 8 hours.

*Healthcare professional or other persons on application with World Rugby Level 2 ICIR or equivalent training and the World Rugby Medical Educator accreditation.


Completion of online pre-requisites and full attendance required. This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. It involves both classroom and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions. 

We will be looking to add further courses in the coming months. Once the dates and venues are confirmed they will be added to this page. Please visit for updates. 


Please contact Claire Scott, Coach Development Administrator ( 0131 346 5167; 07773 082924) should you have any questions.

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